A beer bar near the Pattaya Klang end of Soi Buakhao was raided Tuesday night and the mamasan arrested for pimping a 17-year-old girl. The undercover operation followed reports regarding Relax Bar that the venue was employing underage girls and offering sexual services exclusively to foreign customers at 1,000 Baht per session.
In the early hours of Wednesday, a 30-year-old bar worker identified only as Mrs Pao was abducted from her bar by five Thai men who forced her into a minivan and sped off with her.
The incident happened at 3.30 a.m. at Champions Bar in the Rompho bar complex off Jomtien Second Road. It is assumed that the kidnapping is related to some kind of problem the abducted woman had with her previous boss – the unidentified owner of another bar where she used to work previously.
Since her forced disappearance, Mrs Pao has not been seen or heard of by her friends.
It’s high season in Pattaya – at least on paper. Given that the end of November, the first month of the nominal peak season, is already approaching, at least Pattaya’s bars and clubs are still relatively empty.
That’s neither good news for the tourism industry as a whole nor for Pattaya’s vast entertainment industry with its estimated tens of thousands of female employees – Pattaya’s lovely bar girls.
Farang punters are still few in numbers, so even with the rates for short time/long time services having gone up notably over the last few years, many bar girls are probably still struggling to make ends at the moment. No money, no honey, bar girls like to say. But the opposite is obviously also true: No honey, no money.
So no, it’s hardly a surprise that a video has emerged on YouTube now which shows two bar girls on Walking Street slapping and kicking each other reportedly over a foreign customer.